Car Seat Cover Tutorial Part 2: The Ties

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing,Tutorials

As promised, here is Part 2 of the Car Seat Cover Tutorial (here’s Part 1: The Cover)!
1 car seat cover ties

Cut four strips of fabric from coordinating or same fabric.

Press exactly in half, open, and press outer edges in to center so it ends up looking like above.

2 car seat cover

Press flat.

3 making ties for car seat cover

The ends are going to have raw edges, so for the wider strip, unfold the strip at the end, fold short end in 1/2″, and press it all together. Make sure you fold all edges in exactly 1/2″ so they match up when you go to sew them together.

4 car seat cover ties how to

You’ll need to fold in the end of the narrower strip as well, but you can just fold it as is in 1/2″.

5 ties

Place wide strip with raw edges facing up and center narrow strip on top of it with raw edges facing down.

Pin and stitch just along the fold of the narrower strip up a short edges, down a long edge, down the other short edge, and back along the long edge. Backstitch.

Repeat with two remaining strips.


Then lay the cover part over the car seat so it is positioned how you want it. With a fabric marker, mark where you want the inside edges of the strap to be.

Lay the cover out flat on the table , line up the inside edge of the tie with the two marks on the cover.

Pin and sew the tie to the cover. (Position the tie so that the narrow strip is on the underside touching the cover. You won’t be able to see it when you’re sewing.)

Sew about a 2″ square so the tie is securely attached.


Tie to your car seat and you’re in business!

Be sure to check out Part 1 if you missed it!


1 Kayla August 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Hi- do you know approximately how long your straps were? Thanks!!

2 Phyllis Hamblin September 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Love your car seat cover–was wondering how long you made your straps?

3 Kelsey September 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

They are about 18″ long.

4 Kelsey September 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I think they are about 18″ long.

5 Patricia May 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

Since I am a grandma looking to make a carseat cover as a gift I don’t have a baby car seat to figure out where to put the straps. Can you please help me with that???

6 mvirgo77 June 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm

With the help of your awesome tutorial I just made my own. I would love to post a pic. I am so excited!
Thanks for the tutorial.

7 Anna Hampton June 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I just finished your tutorial for the Boppy Cover and it turned out great. Thanks! Now I am making the carseat cover. I would love to know the widths of the two straps so I get the ratio correct.


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